"Call of Duty: Black Ops II" continues the story from its predecessor, though this time around you play more as David, son of Alex Mason, the protagonist from the first game. The story jumps between the Cold War of the 1980s and 2025, where a threat born of those earlier times has surfaced. The story is fairly well done (written by David S. Goyer) and is well acted by a prominent and talented cast that includes Sam Worthington, Michael Rooker, and Tony Todd. The campaign runs the typical length of single player campaigns in a FPS, clocking in around 6-7 hours. The difference here is that there are choices that result in an alternate ending. It's not quite "Spec Ops: The Line", but it does offer a little incentive to replay the solo missions. Added to the mix are Strikeforce missions, which can be played in FP view on the ground, or from an aerial view, allowing you to move entire units around the map to carry out objectives. It's a nice idea to interject a bit of strategy sim into the formula, but sluggish controls and clumsy insertion into the campaign hold this back from what it could've been. They ultimately don't seem to affect the game's outcome all that much, and if you play them out of order they serve no real purpose at all. Over in the popular Zombies mode, things were changed as well. There's still the expected Survival mode present, along with a mode called Grief (in which two teams combat each other and try to edge one into the zombies' clutches) and a sort of story mode called Tranzit, which allows you to board a bus to visit other areas. Solo these are more frustrating than fun, so you're better off playing with friends or going online. I didn't try the multiplayer, though it's reported to have been tweaked to make it more newcomer friendly but there have been connectivity problems for PS3 owners. Overall, this is a fun shooter with some new ideas, even though those ideas aren't as well realized as they could've been. Worth playing. 7.5/10 stars
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Been a HUGE COD fan since my Military days...I wanted to play this game more for the story line than anything..just to see where the writers took it...and I must admit, it was pretty good...I will tell you, at first, you might feel a bit overwhelmed at all the NEW weapons and gear, but don't sweat it, just enjoy the ride..Single Player is VERY short, but INTENSE. The hook in this game is YOU decide how the story goes depending on certain decisions (typically if you shoot somebody or not) you make. Either way, at the end you will LYAO..I Did..a great and fun way to end an intense ride.